Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Nézet-Séguin
ATMA Classique SACD22512
Classical - Orchestral
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)
Review by John Broggio - July 21, 2007
This disc has intense competition both from an audio perspective (Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Kreizberg) and also performance (Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Wand). In neither respect does this release match the best on offer on SACD.
The problems are largely that of the orchestral contribution under Nézet-Séguin. He does nothing intrinsically "wrong" but too many times, ones attention drifts in one of Bruckner's most compelling and easily enjoyable scores - if one is bored by the great adagio, there is a serious lack of musical interest on display. The orchestra sounds a little out its depth; it does not play fistfuls of mistakes but is without the sonority that the central European tradition has accustomed these ears to hearing - and thin Bruckner sounds weak. Hearing this alongside the Wand recording is like viewing a masterpiece through a sheet of gauze - not ideal!
As far as the sonic pleasures go, again there is nothing really stunning one way or another but in no way can this be compared to the recording given to Kreizburg.
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